We often think of our homes as the place where we feel safest. While this is often true, it is always prudent to prepare for the “what if’s” of life.
This month is Home Eye Safety Month, which means the time is now to think about the eye safety concerns that could be present in your home.
Make your home a little safer today with these 6 safety tips:
Lawn Mower Risks
Lawnmowers, weed eaters, and any other landscaping tool can quickly become a danger to your eyes.
Lawnmowers, especially, can launch rocks, branches, and other debris into the air and potentially cause serious damage to the eye.
To prevent this, it is important to clear your yard of all debris before you start mowing. It is also a good idea for the user and anyone else in the vicinity of the mower to use protective eyewear while the mower is running.
Additionally, if someone approaches you while mowing, make sure to turn the mower off to eliminate the chance of them getting injured. Then, wait until they are a safe distance away before starting the engine back up.
Home improvement can be a tedious and time-consuming task. Don’t let it be too time-consuming to take safety precautions, though.
With home improvement comes the same risks you would find at most construction sites. Hand tools, nails, and screws, and power tools can all be hazards, especially if an accident causes debris.
Additionally, keep these areas off-limits from others, especially the little ones, when it is not being worked on and supervised.
Cleaning chemicals like bleach, Pinesol, and chlorine can also pose eye safety risks.
It is important to use protective eyewear while using cleaning chemicals, as our eyes can sustain serious burns from being subjected to them.
Additionally, make sure that you always wash your hands thoroughly after using chemicals, as any residue can still pose a safety risk.
Childproof Your House
Those with children know that many, seemingly harmless, household objects can pose a safety risk to a young child.
If you have children, consider these tips to keep your child safe:
Use gates at the bottom and top of staircases to prevent accidental falls.
Soften the rigid corners of your tables, couches, and chairs with padding in case your child were to fall into them.
Keep all cleaning chemicals, makeup, and toiletry products in cabinets that are out of the child’s reach. The same also applies to paint products, fertilizer, and pesticides.
Seat belts should always be worn while in a vehicle.
Additionally, any loose items should be stored in your trunk, to prevent them from flying at you in the event of a crash.
Lastly, be aware of how the food you’re cooking in the kitchen can damage your eyes. Grease has a tendency to fly out of the pot when cooking with it, for example.
Use a face shield, or another similar precaution when cooking with grease and oil.
If you have questions or are concerned about damaging your eyes around the house, talk to your eye doctor today.